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ro·​tis·​ser·​ie rō-ˈtis-rē How to pronounce rotisserie (audio)
: a restaurant specializing in broiled and barbecued meats
: an appliance fitted with a spit on which food is rotated before or over a source of heat


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often capitalized
: of, relating to, or being a sports league consisting of imaginary teams whose performance is based on the statistics of actual players
a rotisserie baseball league

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Medina’s other recent venture, Los Ponchos, a taqueria on the South Park Blocks that pours Entre Compas beers, will provide tacos for the taproom in the early days, with a full restaurant focused on Mexican rotisserie chicken and wings coming in spring. oregonlive, 4 Oct. 2022 From soups and rotisserie chicken to banchan and schmears, the food will look familiar to most well-fed Angelenos. WSJ, 15 July 2021 In Parliament earlier this week, Prime Minister Boris Johnson hailed the duke as an innovator: someone who designed jewelry for his wife, modernized the royal household and dazzled prime ministers with a bespoke barbecue that included a rotisserie and compartments for sauces. Washington Post, 16 Apr. 2021 Instead of a vertical rotisserie, the pork here is roasted slowly on a horizontal spit set over a bed of charcoal. Nick Kindelsperger, Chicago Tribune, 1 Sep. 2022 Menu items will include a half Amish chicken glazed with an apricot jus and prepared on a rotisserie, smoked pork ribs with a sweet and spicy mustard barbeque, kale panzanella and macaroni and cheese. Emily Deletter, The Enquirer, 10 Jan. 2023 When someone places a food piece on the rotisserie, the grill recognizes and announces its name and color. Rachel Rothman, Good Housekeeping, 26 Sep. 2022 And instead of a ground meat mixture, restaurants slice the pork and then stack it on the vertical rotisserie. Nick Kindelsperger, Chicago Tribune, 1 Sep. 2022 Peña relies on marinated chicken thighs, not a tower of sliced pork, for his al pastor, which his team cooks on a griddle rather than on a Lebanese-style rotisserie. Washington Post, 11 Apr. 2022
Put your rotisserie chicken leftovers to use by adding shredded meat to a melty Parmesan pasta dish. Christopher Michel, Country Living, 23 Jan. 2023 Serve with a 5 ounces skinless rotisserie turkey breast. Good Housekeeping, 13 Jan. 2023 The menu also will feature a rotisserie section, small bites such as green-garlic knots and dishes such as spaghetti verde with fresh crab, uni butter and jalapeno vinegar. Stephanie Breijostaff Writer, Los Angeles Times, 14 Dec. 2022 His rotisserie catfish is wildly aromatic but not overpowering; the larb ped Udon from his hometown, Udon Thani, is a symphony on the theme of duck. Pete Wells, New York Times, 13 Dec. 2022 Saute some rotisserie chicken in olive oil, chili powder, and cumin. Men's Health, 10 Jan. 2023 Utilize a rotisserie chicken, frozen veggies, and canned soup to make easy prep work of your comforting dinner. Katlyn Moncada, Better Homes & Gardens, 5 Jan. 2023 To ring in over three decades of dishing out rotisserie chicken and various sides, the chain is offering customers hot deals. Antonia Debianchi, Peoplemag, 27 Dec. 2022 In her rotisserie chicken over faintly smoky freekeh, Habibeh — born to a Palestinian father and a Syrian mother and raised in Jordan — embodies her origins and beyond. Los Angeles Times, 10 Dec. 2022 See More

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Word History



French rôtisserie, from Middle French rostisserie, from rostir to roast — more at roast


from La Rotisserie Française, restaurant in New York City where a group of fans began the organization of a fantasy baseball league in 1979

First Known Use


1825, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1980, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of rotisserie was in 1825

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“Rotisserie.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 May. 2023.

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: an appliance fitted with a spit on which food is rotated before or over a source of heat

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